By the 1890s, the Milner Carriage Works had grown to become one of the largest vehicle producers in southern Ontario. Robert had established himself as one of Chatham’s “Captains of Industry.” Robert and his wife, Emma, built this Queen Anne style residence on the corner of William and Murray Streets in 1894. Together, they had seven children.
In 1943, following Emma’s death in
1936, and Robert’s in 1941, their children donated the house to the City of Chatham. For over 45 years, the residence served as the Chatham-Kent Museum. Today, the restored Milner Heritage House depicts the turn-of-the-century lifestyle of a successful industrialist and his family. Costumed interpreters take visitors back in time to 1905 when stereoscopes, gramophones and magic lanterns were a family’s means of entertainment, and a “modern” kitchen consisted of a wood stove, icebox and a new, all-purpose “Chatham” cupboard.
The home also features a stunning collection of art by Emma Milner. Her greatest pieces were the incredibly detailed pencil portraits that she created of her family, friends and famous personalities of the day.
Christmas at the Milner's
December 10-12, 2021
$35.00 per tour (each tour can include up to 6 individuals)
This holiday season, we invite you to visit the Milner Heritage House to celebrate Christmas the Edwardian way! Traval back in time and enjoy a private tour of the house while its dressed in its finest holiday décor. Following your tour, take home a fun, interactive and delicious kit to continue the festivities in the comfort of your own home.
Kits include: Cookies, cider, craft supplies, a lyric book and a link to a video with craft instructions, storytime and a good old sing-along to get you in the holiday spirit.
December 10 - 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm (tours every half hour)
December 11 - 10:00 am - 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm (tours every half hour)
December 12 - 10:00 am - 2:30 pm and 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm (tours every half hour)Book your Christmas at the Milner's Tour
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